- At 13, won a gold medal in figure skating at the Junior Olympics.
- Was on the cover of more than 30 magazines, including Vogue, by age 15.
- Made her small-screen debut in the 1981 TV-movie The Star Maker.
- First series-regular role was Pilar Ortega Cumson on prime-time soap Falcon Crest.
- Released a clothing line, Hope by Kristian Alfonso, in 2006.
- Best known for her portrayal of Hope Williams Brady on daytime soap Days of Our Lives.